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NYSCL, Guyana All Stars To Contest Independence Cup Final

By Orin Davidson
July 5th, 2009
New York Softball Cricket League #1 team stayed on course for a successful defense of the Independence Cup title by cruising to the final Saturday where they take on Guyana All Stars today Sunday (5th July).


Dharampaul Singh (top) and Ravi Ballie of Guyana All Stars during their innings against Dream Team.

The All Stars created a mild upset by upending Tri State Dream Team to set the stage for a showdown between the two teams with the biggest name players.

NYSCL posted their fourth straight tournament victory after outplaying South Florida by six wickets at Baisley Park, without much bother. In fact their biggest worry was a claim for disqualification made by their opponents over confusion about the team list submitted by the NYSCL manager. The umpire however dismissed the appeal after acknowledging that the list submitted to the scorer that contained 10 names was a legitimate error and not a deliberate act to hoodwink the officials.

Batting first NYSCL recovered from a poor start to post 120 runs for four wickets in their allotted 25 overs after the Dream Team was dismissed for 119. NYSCL star batsman Kris Shobia and Erapalli Sahadeo restored the innings with a valuable fifth wicket stand after four quick wickets were lost. It was then left to the bowlers to seal the deal in an expected easy victory.

In the other semi-final, Guyana All Stars bowled themselves to a comprehensive 27-run triumph over the favored Dream Team. Dharampaul Singh produced a solid all-round performance, top scoring in the All Stars’ total of 124 and then returned with the ball to help dismiss the opposition for 97. Despite the presence of one-time Independence Cup MVP Bobby Prahalad, the Dream Team’s batting let them down in their most important game over the competition’s first two days.

All Stars will be aiming to continue their upset-win streak when they take on the NYSCL in the final today (Sunday July 5th) at the Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn.

Should they prevail it would rank as one of the competition’s biggest shocks as the defending champions will be coming on strong with top players Shobia, Andrew Gonsalves Peter Sookdeo and Sahadeo.

The action will start at noon.

Better Hope withstood any surprise result by outplaying New York Legends to win the Legends Over-45 competition title at Roy Wilkins Park on Saturday.

In the final Better Hope amassed 163 for five to record an easy victory after NY Legends were restricted to 162-7 in a high scoring game, with two overs to spare in the 20 overs a side clash.

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